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Kaohsiung lychees to go on sale in Japan, Taiwan chains

KAOHSIUNG--A special variety of lychee grown in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung City have been sold in 165 stores run by York Benimaru Co. in Japan and in supermarket chains around Taiwan, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said.

After visiting a lychee farm owned by Wang Chin-tai, known as the father of the “Jade Purse” variety, Chen said Kaohsiung is the most important growing center of the lychee variety in Taiwan, with 69 percent of the country's harvests being reaped in the southern city's Dashu District.

This year, a total of 2,610 hectares of land in Kaohsiung produced 14,355 tons of the special lychees.

An order to prevent a price slump due to a supply glut, the government will hold a series of events to assist farmers in marketing the fruit and a fund of NT$5 million (US$168,790) will be provided to sponsor farmers and export businesses, she said.

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